Saturday, 5 July 2014

DES TAYLOR ART IN STAN LEE TRIBUTE BOOK

One of my most treasured pieces of artwork can be seen in a tribute book to the one and only STAN LEE!!! EXCELSIOR is limited edition of 250 copies and will be available at the London Film and Comic Con where Stan the Man himself will be signing. Price £10 (Anybody not able to get to the show should contact demigod@btconnect.com for a copy and they will mail it out for £15 (including postage) within the UK. Others elsewhere will need to enquire._
www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Cosplay Talent with a smile! Super Jessica LG speaks to DESPOP!

When it comes to talent in the art of Cosplay design and costume-making there are few who can call themselves prolific. Meet the tidy package that is Jessica Lynn Gonzalez. Not only is she too cute for words and a dear friend of mine, she is very passionate about her love for comics, Pop culture and animation and can be seen at most of the US comic conventions. I think it's about time she made the mission over to UK shores to show our lot how she does her thang!! 
On numerous occasions I have used her for picture reference for my doodles and at San Diego Comic Con 2014 you all can pop by to see some of the fantastic costumes she has conjured up for the show at. She'll be with me signing an exclusive print at Madefire Booth 4902-4904 from 12midday-2.30pm
Earlier on last month ( before the World Cup Group stage  started) I threw her a bunch of questions for an interview. Now that we are into the Quarter-Final stage I thought I'd better put her answers up before I got distracted again.


What got you into comic books?
Mostly cartoons. X-Men, Batman… Shows like Freakazoid that had hero themes. I was very much obsessed with cartoons growing up. Still am. I had one Super Friends volume I kept reading over and over when I was spending my time in Venezuela. In 1999, my dad took me to a comic book store by my house because I had asked him to. I picked up a wolverine comic, Fantastic 4, and a ton of Young Justice and Impulse comics. That’s basically where it all began. My fascination was probably with the fact that for so many years I thought I was going to be an illustrator. 

Name 3 people you admire in comics.
There are literally too many to list; including Des Taylor . So I will list my top 3 Childhood people Arthur Suydam, Todd Nauck, and Adam Hughes. What is Your favourite Convention? Emerald City Comic Con was a blast! the weather was lame but the convention was huge, the people were awesome, the after parties were great. NYCC runs a close second.





Name your favourite superhero and Super villain and why?  

That’s really tough. I think Spider-Woman for my favorite hero. They’ve really developed her character lately. Not that she wasn’t badass before, but they used to have her story all over the place. She’s been on every team spelled with an acronym and the avengers, but she’s always been kind of a dark character until just the recent years. I like what they’re doing with her and Captain Marvel making them more accessible and relatable characters to younger girls.
As for my favorite Villain.. There are a lot of great villains. I love Mister Sinister, the Skrulls, and Galactus. I also really love some of the weird villains Superman has had. Like Mister MXYXPTLK and Microwave man.

 





During convention season how do you decide which costumes to do?

It really varies. I have a personal list of cosplays I want to do. But so do my friends. My friends can vouch for how often I say “okay! This is my list for the year and THAT’S IT.” and then it chances a million times before a month goes by. I’ll gladly change my lineup if it means I’ll have fun teaming up with a friend or a group of friends. It’s all in fun and theres plenty of time to make costumes.

In my opinion you are one of the more High Profile Cosplay artists on the scene. Who do you admire in the world of Cosplay and why?

Some people really admire cosplayers for their social role in the community (sexuality in cosplay for example.) The people I admire most are those with great technical skill. Yaya of course. Kamui Cosplay for her amazing ability to work with worbla. Tabitha Lyons. I feel all these ladies push boundaries on building costumes and trying to materials. What they come up with is just awe-inspiring. There are tons of talented cosplayers I follow. These are just a few off the top of my head.
What were your dreams as a child? 

Mostly obscure dreams about penguins, unicorns, and fantastical lands. I thought I was going to be an illustrator for comic books. Or involved in animation somehow. I always had a sketchbook and I was always drawing my friends in little comic strips. I would sit in class and draw up superheroes or little scenes inspired by the lesson that was being taught. I think I dreamt about being creative somehow. 





Marvel or DC? 

MARVELLLL Han Solo or Captain Kirk? 

Captain Pike (Blasphemy)
Warner Bros Characters or Disney Characters? 

Difficult choice. 90’s era Warner Bros. Which are your favourite Cosplay photoshoots that you have done? 

I have a great time at all my shoots. Everyone is always professional and friendly. Shooting with Saffels Photography is a blast though. He’s my friend, we’re comfortable having a good time. And I trust him and his handy work. We’re usually shooting with a few friends so it’s just a fun time over all and the final product is always amazing. He’s extremely talented. Are you looking forward to JJ Abrams STAR WARS? 

Actually…. yes and no. JJ has a tendency to abandon things he’s started. So they fall into the pooper. Fringe starts off great, season 3-5 gets weird and lame. Super 8 starts of great, gets an ending as underwhelming as Signs. Let’s not even mention Lost. The Star Trek relaunch was perfection, then the sequel was utter garbage. I think JJ can make an amazing Star Wars ep. 7 but I worry for 8 and 9. Who is your celebrity crush?  

Harrison Ford and Cary Grant. "What song best describes you? 

Any song by Rilo Kiley is the soundtrack to my life.


What is your favorite pig-out food ? 

Depending on my mood, chips and salsa, or Chocolate chip cookies. Orrrr both. New 52? Genius decision or missed opportunity? 

I think some relaunches were great. Wonder Woman, Batman. But in general, their attempt to simplify time lines didn’t work out at all. Have you had any bad experiences at Conventions? 


The only bad experiences I’ve had was choosing to hang alongside people with bad attitudes. They just ruin conventions which are supposed to be fun. But I’ve since found a great group to con with. I’ve never really had any bad experiences with people. No assaults or sexual harassment. The worst is costume malfunctions! What would be the first thing you would do if today was your last day on Earth?  


Probably fly to Miami for a truck load of Cuban food. And then head over to the beach and just sit under the Miami Sun.





Are you available for Cosplay commissions?

Yep! I’m almost filled for SDCC but all cosplay commission inquiries can be sent to JessicaLGCosplay@gmail.com Where can people find out more about you and are you available for Photoshoots

I Always love working with new photographers. Best way to reach me is through email. 
Jessicalgcosplay@gmail.com My Facebook is the best way to see my work www.Facebook.com/JessicaLynnCosplay





Wednesday, 7 May 2014

THE ART OF DES TAYLOR EXHIBITION- at Watersmeet RICKMANSWORTH

Rickmansworth hosts the final part of my exhibition. The Art of Des Taylor runs until 27 June 2014. Open during
Watersmeet Box Office hours
10am-4pm Monday to Friday.
Entry is free and all works are for sale.
http://www.hvaf.org.uk/news/news-exhibitions/The-Art-of-Des-Taylor

Monday, 14 April 2014

Thanks to the Muses!

SHOUT OUT: Over the past two years I've had the honour to work with and meet some awesome people that have either inspired some of my art pieces or provided poses and reference for my characters to blossom. Each one of these lovely ladies are talented, resourceful, ambitious and hardworking and devoted to their art. So with that in mind I say thanks to Viktoria, Emmy, Jordan, Jessy, Nina, Roxy and Steph!

The fact that you've taken the time out of your lives to contribute to the stuff I'm doing is humbling. Wether it be participating in my Art Class or creating fantastic costumes for my doodles to come to life.

Keep being awesome and inspiring other artists to go and pick up a pencil or or a needle and thread!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Veronica Cambell- GEEK GIRL MUSE

One day last month I stumbled upon an image of a girl on Instagram that made me look twice and inspired two pieces of art I put created especially for my exhibition in London. Her name is Veronica Campbell (otherwise known as Agent V) and has a ton of followers over the web who love her unique, quirky, geek girl look. And let's face it...she's sexy as fuck!  I love her colorful POP ART look and her simple sexy style. We at DESPOP wanted to know more so we asked her if she'd open the doors on what she's all about in this quick fire interview.


What got you into comic books?
 When I was little girl various members of my family would buy me everything Archie Comics because I was named after Veronica Lodge. Gradually through the years I started accumulating other comics that would be given to me on Birthday’s or Christmas. Everyone assumed I would eventually grow out comics at a certain age, they were wrong.

Name 3 people you admire in comics.
Paul Dini
Bruce Timm
Alan Moore
*Bonus* Grant Morrison

What were your dreams as a child?

I had two dreams as a kid. The first dream was that I wanted to work in comics somehow. I remember reading how Stan Lee started out as an assistant at Timely Comics getting lunches and erasing the pencil from finished pages and stuff and thought, “I could do that!” The second dream was wanting to be a voice actor. I would sit there and watch cartoons and mimic the characters all the time. Drove my family absolutely crazy. Once I found out who Tara Strong was I had a new hero.


Both Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark ask you to go to a Red Carpet event on the same night. Who would you go with?

I’m actually quite the homebody so I would have to pick Bruce Wayne. Sure he can be a little dull, but that’s more my pace! I don’t drink and I’m not much of a party person. I feel like I would be asking for trouble with Tony. UNLESS we are talking about Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark… Who can say no to him!?

If you could have any comic artist sit and tattoo on your body who would it be and what would you want them to design?

Bruce Timm!!! I would want a custom Joker and Harley Quinn tattoo! That would be a dream!

Who is your celebrity crush?

Jason Schwartzman and Kat Dennings

What is your favorite pig-out food?
Chili cheese fries or Pie…I will eat anything if its in pie form.


New 52? Genius decision or missed opportunity?
I was initially excited for the New 52. I bought the first 3 issues of every series when it came out. I wasn’t an immediate fan. I bought a few titles later on when the books came out and ended up enjoying Batman, Batwoman, and Swamp Thing. When I saw the art for Harley Quinn #1 I knew I was going to be an immediate fan. Amanda Conner is one of my favorite artists and her take on Harley is absolutely amazing.

What would be the first thing you would do if today were your last day on Earth?
Spend time with my loved ones pigging out on food I love while watching various movies and TV series. Wait…I do that every Friday haha.


"What song best describes you?
The Notwist – One with the freaks

Warner Bros Characters or Disney Characters?

Disney. I have to go with Disney on this.

Marvel or DC?

Oh man. I think I have to go with Marvel.

Name your favorite Superhero and Super villain and why?
This was the hardest question to answer. Superhero I would have to go with Nightcrawler. I love that fuzzy blue elf! He’s always been my favorite X-Men. I love that he’s such a happy guy and does a lot of practical jokes. He stays true to his faith. Also, the fact that he likes pirates is adorable. Lets not forgot in 1985’s Nightcrawler 1-4 mini series he actually got to be a stowaway on Captain Long John McGurk’s ship and went on adventures.

Villain I would have to go with the Joker. Isn’t that everyone’s answer!? I’ve been fond of him since I was a kid and would watch Burton’s Batman movie over and over again. He’s such a complicated character. Pure evil but you have to love the guy! It’s been great to see everyone’s different take on him through the years. Personally Mark Hamill will always be THE Joker to me. That voice sends shivers down my spine and I love it. He has so many good books. The Killing Joke is positively amazing. I’ll never get tired of reading it. Heath Ledger’s take on him in the movie was a shock in the best way possible. He brought a different take to the character and it was amazing and worked so well. He did good.

What is your most treasured comic book and why?

1946 Batman #37. I remember finding it in a junk pile in the garage at a relative’s house. I was around 4 or 5 at the time and was used to only getting Archie or Wonder Woman comics. I stared at the pages and made out what little words I could. I was so intrigued by the comic. The Joker made a Jokermobile and Joker signal. Joker steals the Batmobile and Batman has to use the Jokermobile to hunt him down. Such a silly comic. It made me realize that just because I’m a girl,doesn’t mean I have to stick to the typical comics people would expect. After I found that issues I started asking for different Marvel and DC “boy” comics.  


Who do you have absolutely NO respect for and would force-choke on sight? 
Honestly I couldn't think of anyone. 
If it was changed just to who I would force-choke on sight I would pick Joss Whedon. 
I would greet Mr. Joss Whedon with open arms, only to choke him out a few seconds later. How dare he kill Wash (and Shepherd Book) on Firefly, you cruel bastard! Only to years later kill my Agent Coulson!?!!? Why Whedon!? WHY!?!? The choking would only last a few seconds since he did bring Coulson back in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. *pats shiny bald head* 



Where can people find out more about you and are you available for Photoshoots (to all those photographers now coming up with ideas after reading this LOL)

instagram: @callmeagent_v